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Today's reading: Colossians 2:16-23

Man-made rules, regulations, rituals, and legalism are a few of the names for what Paul warns against in Colossians 2:16-23. As part of this warning, Paul poses a good question for us to consider: why do we submit to human, self-made regulations pertaining to worship when God's Word tells us that we have freedom in and through Him once we've made the decision to follow Christ (see vs. 20-23)?

I spent a few minutes thinking about Paul's question. I'm a rule follower. When I follow the rules, particularly in an area that is important to me (my faith), it makes me feel good about myself for being disciplined, diligent, and obedient. I am also drawn to rule following because of the sense of control it provides for me, and I love feeling like I'm in control.

But here's the thing. God doesn't require, nor is His interested in, our ability to follow man-made rules. God only wants us to be in a genuine and intimate relationship with Him where we freely worship Him in spirit and truth (see John 4:23-24). Nothing we do or don't do makes us more or less loved or valued by Him, and our actions are not a factor in having a saving relationship with God through Christ. As it says in Galatians 2:16, "Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. . . because by works of the law no one will be justified."

I invite you to spend a few minutes like I did pondering Paul's question about the attractiveness of rule following. I think you'll find it helpful, and I hope you'll come away from this time spent with God feeling a bit freer. Tami

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The first thing that came into my mind,Tami was pride. "Look what I can DO by myself." This is so foolish because we cannot do anything with Him.


I love your quote for today's lesson:". God only wants us to be in a genuine and intimate relationship with Him where we freely worship Him in spirit and truth (see John 4:23-24). Nothing we do or don't do makes us more or less loved or valued by Him, and our actions are not a factor in having a saving relationship with God through Christ. "

What a wonderful God and Heavenly Father we have!!

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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